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Proof Restaurant
Proof Restaurant

Proof Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.proofdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 737-7663
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Haidar Karoum
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Although we do not have a private space, Proof offers seating for large groups in our dining room with a contract. For parties of 9-20 guests, we offer a 3 course menu beginning at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For groups of 20 or more, we require a food and beverage minimum, which depends on the date and time you are looking to host the event. A full restaurant buyout is available for groups of 50 or more, where we can offer both a seated dinner, or a passed hors d'oeuvres/cocktail style reception.

    Proof can seat up to 15 guests at one table in the dining room; groups larger than this will be split into tables seated next to each other. We are able to seat 85 guests, with room for 125 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Burke--kim@proofdc.com (202) 737-7663

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and G
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.
A word from Proof Restaurant
Proof is a wine-centric restaurant serving Modern American cuisine.

The casual, elegant feel to this Penn Quarter destination is reflected throughout Executive Chef Haidar Karoum’s menu. Proof showcases the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients in clean, beautiful preparations, an extensive international selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as a wine list containing over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 different bottles.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The sweatbreads were amazing and one of my favorite dishes. The halibut was also very good. The disappointment was the coconut dacquoise. It was too sweet and the mixture of fruit compote and other flavors did not really meld well together. Proof is known for its wine list and I enjoyed the selection as promised. The noise made it hard to hear at times and I decided I wish I had braved a slight bit of heat to be outside."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Consistently excellent service - the fact that we see the same servers time and time again is an indication that the restaurant must be doing something right! Food was superb on this visit - softshells crabs and beef carpaccio were standouts. Panna cotta with blackberry sauce was an excellent summer dessert choice. Very nice wine selection."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I always forget how good the food is at Proof. Usually we go there for just drinks, but we decided to have a nice dinner and Proof did not disappoint. Love it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Me and a group of friends were trying to try all of the Washingtonian's list of best restaurants in the area, and to sum up Proof for us: PROS: 1. Dessert is where Proof actually excelled. Wonderful taste AND texture of the cakes. 5 star for desserts. 2. The hostesses were VERY kind and welcoming. CONS: 1. Waitress attentive at first, but seeing we needed time to order abandoned us and we had to flag her down later. 2. Seated next to the cash register was not pleasant and despite us all being in our 20s we didn't appreciate the "hip" atmosphere of being squished next to strangers. (Could hear an ENTIRE first date conversation next to us) 3. Noise level is pretty loud but we did go on a Friday. 4. All our meals were good, but forgettable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One of the best in the Penn Quarter area. Lots of "little plates" as well as full courses. The food is interesting as well as consistently fine. Particularly good charcuterie."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We are a family with 2 vegetarians, and finding a nice restaurant which has more than the typical veggie pasta dish is extremely hard. Proof had so many options on its menu it was hard to make a decision! All were beautifully executed, original, and had wonderful flavor and texture. And the carnivores in our party were very happy as well! Service was also excellent, from the valet guys (who were truly awesome), the hostess and manager, and the server who was well informed and personable but not intrusive. Very nice dinner. We are sure to return!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent food as good a meal as we have had at any DC restaurant. Every course was exceptional. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed our meal at Proof. Fish was done wonderfully and the sticky toffee dessert was out of this world. The sommelier was helpful and informative. Our server, though efficient, was arrogant and disinterested. He made us feel like it was our privilege to be his customer that evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food was good, and the wine was great. Our server, Christian. delivered excellent service and knew the extensive wine list inside out. We tried several wines with the 2 oz serving to decide on a bottle. It was great fun and we enjoyed sampling several wines. I wish we had more time to linger over dessert...."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I don't bother to leave reviews very often, but this experience was exceptional."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "After theatre, we enjoyed an exceptional dinner and glass of wine. The ambience is lovely, the food unique and well prepared, and the wine list good even for the most discerning drinker."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have been there several times and the experience has always been good. This time the waiter was very snooty and rude which made the entire experience unpleasant. I would think twice before going again. Before this week I would have offered an unqualified recommendation. Now I'm not so sure. Seemed like maybe the waiter thought he was doing us a favor by allowing us to dine there. My mom is picky about her restaurants and I was really hoping she would enjoy her birthday dinner there. Instead we spent about $500 and left feeling like it was a disappointment."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Proof always has interesting offerings on the menu like a Vietnamese-spiced carpaccio that was fantastic with a bit of a kick to it! I also always enjoy a selection of their dried meats. Finally, they have fantastic wines by the glass or bottle--great selection."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I went with my daughter while we were in town. We were prepared for the restaurant after reviewing other Yelp reviews. The decor was commercial and the noise level was high. That having been said the food and service were excellent and we enjoyed our dining experience."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been numerous times and Proof is always great. This time was to celebrate with a friend, and the sommelier recommended a nice bottle of champagne. Food is delicious, restaurant is cool and fun and hip, and we had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Extraordinary high-end restaurant, with nothing usual about any of the food. Wine list is extensive. Wine steward was very knowledgeable. Food was terrific and service outstanding. Prices are not for the faint of heart, however. Be prepared to pay a lot, but get a lot for the money in skillfully prepared and well-presented everything -- from beginning to dessert and after dinner drinks and wines."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Upon arrival to our table, the server, who has now come to the table three times but never greeted us had to be asked if he was our server and if he had a name? He never smiled and acted as though he was not happy to be at work let alone "take care of our group". We spent nearly $800 and gratuity of 18% was added to our table of 6. Unfortunately for him, that is all he received, and I almost always tip 20%. The efficiency of the food and the flavors were excellent. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the three bottles she suggested very much. I have been in the service industry for years and know it is not difficult to be friendly and engaged with your guests, especially when they are spending that kind of money!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The menú has excellent choices, food is just the right size and rich in flavour. My complimments to their chef."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "After-theater dining, though kitchen closes I believe at 10pm [we were given appropriate notice]. Sicilian red wine was served at >70 degrees, had to have it cooled down. Odd for a restaurant with a wine focus. Citrus butter lettuce salad was delicious--pungent and fresh. Cheese selection nicely done. Cookies for dessert were slightly dry and really more a share-able portion than for an individual. Prices are rather high. Overall I prefer Cork on 14th St NW in Logan/U St corridor -- more distinctly-flavored food and a superior price-performer."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant before I came on vacation to DC and have to say it was a GREAT PIC."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful as usual. The four of us were delighted with our salads, fish, pasta and the attentive service."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Was a little odd. Would only speak to our wives - not directly to us. Food was good. Overall experience was good"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "All in our party loved their food, and the service was great."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've eaten at Proof numerous times. Food and service have always been superb. Not so last night. Our male server obviously didn't get his role in Night of the Living Dead. He was brusque, cold, and borderline rude. Food was delicious. Two great bottles of wine. While we were having our second round of tapas (six in total), we asked for another plate of Lavash. He said a second plate is $3. We said you're joking. He walked away. The manager backed him up, saying the Lavash is very expensive to make and this is restaurant policy. We just spent well over $200 for three of us. Comp the damn bread. Proof antagonized three loyal diners. Work on your people skills. The manager was plain rude."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "start with the cheese plate and you can't go wrong from there"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Nice restaurant. Good place for conversation or foodies. NOT for picky eaters. Friendly service. Try the spicy meatballs."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went for a special occassion and the food and drinks did not disappoint. Excellent service. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was just as good as the professional reviews said."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Made reservations a few weeks in advance. Wanted to change them the day before to a little later but nothing available. Was looking forward to having dinner at a busy, happening restaurant that people were talking about. Walked in and the place was practically empty. The menu was different than what I saw online so pickings were slim. Everything was pricey which would of been ok if the food and ambience measured up, but they didn't. The goat cheese honey with flatbread was tasty. The gnocchi was medicre. The mushroom with mozzarella was not good at all. I had high expectations and was not impressed. Won't go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Proof is a very popular restaurant, so make sure you plan in advance if you want a table after 5:30. I started with a lemon drop martini, which was average, then moved on to the potato gnocchi, which was delicious. Followed this with the duck breast with risotto which was tender and nicely flavored. The sticky toffee dessert was more than enough for two. Very sweet, but oh so heavenly if you like caramel!My problem was that I ordered dishes with too many carbs. Only suggestion would be to add more green salads to the menu. Our server was attentive, but not overly so. He gets 5 stars for not saying "absolutely" once!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went after theater. Service was attentive. Got charcuterie plate and a few appetizers. Food incredibly good, and just the right amount of food. The server had warned us the the charcuterie platter was THE BOMB. Really generous and well worth the price. Simply delicious. We got the quinoa, green peas, and gnocchi appetizers. Just delightful. All of it. Only negative thing is that the wine list is really not all that accessible (in the price sense) to the average diner. Wines are far too expensive, and there are too many of them to ponder. Even the glasses of wine come in three price points based on the size of the pour, and the medium pour (6.5oz) is around $13. Still, the food and competent service made up for most everything else."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food was good, not great. What ruined my experience was the lack of affordable wine(under$100). Wine selection is very extensive, but lets get real. Anyone can find a great wine for over $300 a bottle! We spent including tip over $200 a person for our 3 course dining extravaganza. That this place is rated #8 in the DC area is incredible. Do your self a favor and skip this place if you are planning on having wine with your meal. Lot's of other great choices to pick from. That is, unless you have an expense account, where no one cares how much your spend is."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Proof is a perfect place for a week-day lunch for two. My friend and I enjoyed the warm, intimate atmosphere and the excellent food. I had the salad with flatbread, chickpea puree, eggplant emulsion, and greens - out of this world! The server was perfect - attentive but not disruptive. And a huge plus: It is across the street from two great Smithsonian museums - American Art and the Portrait Gallery."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a fantastic evening. Our server was very very knowledgable about the wine list and our food was delicious."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Went with in-laws, was great. Dinner was lovely and my FIL loved the wine list, they had a rare fAvorite v of his called ghost bloc. We had the last two bottles that the restaurant had. The wine steward said they only get 12 per year. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Quality and standards never drop - it is definitely the go to place for special lunches and quality never waivers. Even my hardest to please colleagues from Europe consider it a huge treasure."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food is very good and creative with a varied menu for almost everyone. A little overpriced, but definitely good"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Really good food and service. Dine al fresco if you can! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner here for my birthday. We sat outside and enjoyed a lovely pre-dinner cocktail. Then we ate dinner, which was lovely. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "As result of two previous outstanding dinners at Proof, we invited six out-of-town guests to join us for dinner Tuesday after DC Memorial Day ceremonies. Probably the best charcuterie board in DC! Huge wine selection included one of our favs but hard to find Lombardia reds and diverse choices of gruner veltliners. Dinner mates raved about roasted halibut, lamb chops, porkchops, salmon and the accompaniments as well as desserts and creative cocktails. It all added to an enjoyable gathering of friends around terrific food and non-intrusive friendly efficient professional service. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014